PERSONAL DETAILSWilliam HIGGINS
Birth date and place2 Aug 1822 Shankill, Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Occupations pre-WAWeaver.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 8½ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place
SpouseMade voluntary allowance to wife before embarking  [Broomhall p.B134 source not stated].
This may suggest that his wife remained in Ireland.
Children
Death date and place1887 Q4 Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland (tentative).
Possible return to Lurgan, Armagh unproven (see sidebar).
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death Notices and Obituaries
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s)38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank#1831 Private.
Attestation date and place2 Aug 1839 Lurgan, Armagh.
Service/CampaignsMediterranean 5 years 4 months.
Jamaica 2 years.
North America 3 years 3 months.
Turkey 4 months.
Crimea 1 year 9 months.
East Indies 2 years.
Musters
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Indian Mutiny Medal clasp Lucknow.
One Good Conduct Badge.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Regimental Courts Martial10 Jun 1851: Confined and sentenced to loss of one penny a day for six months and 30 days imprisonment with hard labour. Imprisoned 10 Jun to 9 Jul 1851. Released 10 Jun 1857.
20 Apr 1857: Confined and sentenced to loss of 1d. a day for 30 days and 42 days imprisonment with hard labour.
Imprisoned 20 Apr to 31 May 1857. Released 1 Jun 1857.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place12 Nov 1861 Camp Colchester.
Length of Service21 years 26 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1510/62.
Post Discharge ResidenceCounty Armagh, Ireland.
Post Discharge Pension District2nd Belfast.
Pension Amount9d. per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipHougoumont.
Departure and Arrival12 Oct 1867 London; 9 Jan 1868 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force.
Land Grant/PurchaseNone in Western Australia.
SubscriptionsNone.
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesDaily News 12 Apr 1887 (tentative – other men in Colony named William Higgins).
Departure from WAIF returned to Armagh, name of vessel unknown.